NYC Events,”Only the Best” (06/18) + Today’s Featured Pub (Midtown West)

Today’s Super 7  NYC Events > SUNDAY/JUNE 18, 2017

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For future NYC Events be sure to check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-June”

Have time for only one NYC Event today? Do this:

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (Jun 14-18)
NYS/DHK Theater, Lincoln Center/ 3PM, +7:30PM, $50+
Explore the richly diverse styles of choreographers from three countries in Global Voices; a trio of provocative dances that share Bold Visions; and four works that came about thanks to their Musical Inspirations. Mr. Ailey’s beloved Revelations is the uplifting finale of each program.
GLOBAL VOICES – June 16 at 8:00, June 18 at 7:30 Deep Mauro Bigonzetti Walking Mad Johan Inger Revelations Alvin Ailey BOLD VISIONS – June 17 at 8:00, June 18 at 3:00 r-Evolution, Dream. Hope Boykin Untitled America Kyle Abraham Revelations Alvin Ailey

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6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>Barry Harris Trio
>>JEFF HARNAR SINGS SAMMY CAHN ALL THE WAY
>>GEORGE COLEMAN QUARTET
>>Danilo Pérez, John Patitucci, Brian Blade Trio
>>Underground Manhattan, The Secret History of the Subway System
>>Founding Father’s Day Tour
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Barry Harris Trio
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Broadway at 60th St./ 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $40
“With each passing year, it’s getting harder to find living musicians who actually played with Charlie Parker, but, as a budding tenderfoot back in Detroit, the eighty-seven-year-old Barry Harris did. Since then, this dyed-in-the-wool bebop pianist has carefully buffed his reputation, and it now gleams with authentic lustre. He’s joined by the bassist Ray Drummond and a longtime collaborator, the drummer Leroy Williams.” (NewYorker)

JEFF HARNAR SINGS SAMMY CAHN ALL THE WAY
Metropolitan Room / 7PM, $30
“On what would be the Sammy Cahn’s 104th birthday, Jeff Harnar puts on a tribute for the songwriter/lyricist worth celebrating. Sammy Cahn ALL THE WAY makes its way to the Metropolitan Room for an encore performance this weekend, paying tribute the best of Cahn (and, subsequently, some of the best songs ever composed). Sung by Sinatra, on the silver screen, and on the Broadway stage, Cahn’s music gets better year after year after year. And fittingly, Harnar, as good as he is, is the kind of performer who somehow only gets better every time you hear him.” (Ashley Steves, BroadwayWorld)

Danilo Pérez, John Patitucci, Brian Blade Trio (LAST DAY)
Blue Note, 131 W. 3rd St./ 8 and 10:30PM, $20- $35
“What’s missing from this picture? Wayne Shorter, of course, but the intrepid members of the great saxophonist’s quartet meshed so well that remaining together as a creative unit, even without the master in charge, became imperative. The trio’s 2015 début recording, “Children of the Light,” found the pianist Pérez, the bassist Patitucci, and the drummer Blade displaying the churning, intuitive interaction that made their work with Shorter a joy.” (NewYorker)

GEORGE COLEMAN QUARTET
at Smoke Jazz Club, / 7PM and 9PM, $45
“A leading elder statesman in jazz, Mr. Coleman is known for his subtly adventurous solos, full of extended arpeggios; his keen but coolheaded tone; and a brief affiliation with the Miles Davis Quintet in the 1960s that jump-started his career. He didn’t record as a leader until the mid-1970s, but has released a steady stream of satisfying work ever since. Last year’s “A Master Speaks” was recorded at Smoke, and Mr. Coleman — a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master — returns to the club this weekend for a three-night run. He’s joined by the pianist Jeb Patton, the bassist John Webber and the drummer Joe Farnsworth.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Smart Stuff / Other NYC Events
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)

Underground Manhattan, The Secret History of the Subway System
at 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm, Tickets $29-$35.
“Join New York Adventure Club as we explore the oldest subway stations in New York City with transit expert and guide Gary Dennis.

Starting at Bowling Green Station and working our way up to Grand Central Terminal, Gary will give you the secret history and inside story of the creation of the original 1904 subway line, and how it grew into the most extensive transportation system in the world.”

Founding Father’s Day Tour
New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West/ 12PM, $38
“Take a journey through history this Father’s Day on an exceptional tour celebrating both famous and lesser known Founding Fathers. Our specially trained docent will lead you through the Smith Gallery, showcasing our Founding Fathers’ central role in the creation of the United States. The tour continues to our special exhibition, Thomas Jefferson: The Private Man, from the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society, where you will discover rarely seen documents, including a copy of the Declaration of Independence in Jefferson’s hand. The tour concludes in our newly unveiled fourth floor where a selection of some of the most fascinating historic objects in the collection shed light on the political and personal lives of our Founding Fathers.

After the tour, participants will meet George Washington in person! Michael Grillo, as George Washington, captures our most memorable Founding Father. Learn first-hand about Washington’s experiences as a soldier in the French and Indian War and as commander in chief of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. Discover the man who would unanimously be elected our first president and come to be known as the “father of our country.”

and don’t forget this continuing event, an eclectic extravaganza that is an annual highlight in Lower Manhattan –  the very lowest WestSide of Manhattan:

River To River Festival (June 14–25)
The 16th annual River To River Festival will have over 100+ performances — with 12 days of dance, music, theater and the visual arts activities. The festival will take place across 31 unique sites across Lower Manhattan and Governors Island.
TONIGHT: Catacomb by Beth Gill (June 17-19)
Federal Hall / 8PM
“Inspired by the imagination and subconscious, Catacomb is a dance by five performers inhabiting a dreamlike, sensory-rich world that draws the audience into an immersive act of witnessing. Gill creates an intimate, surrealist space building on the formalism of her past several works (Electric Midwife, New Work for the Desert), while forging new psychologically-informed terrain through explorations of role, gathering and layering of meaning and being, and ultimately, disappearance.”

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Bonus NYC Events – Jazz Venues:
Many consider NYCity the Jazz capital of the world. Here are my favorite Jazz clubs, all on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who is playing tonight:

Greenwich Village
(5 are underground, classic jazz joints. all 6 are within walking distance of each other):
Village Vanguard – UG, 178 7th Ave. South, villagevanguard.com, 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave. bluenotejazz.com, 212-475-8592
55 Bar – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. 55bar.com, 212-929-9883
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave. mezzrow.com,646-476-4346
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St. smallslive.com, 646-476-4346
Cornelia Street Cafe – UG, 29 Cornelia St. corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319

Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — jazz.org/dizzys / 212-258-9595
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — birdlandjazz.com / 212-581-3080
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — smokejazz.com / 212-864-6662

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. — caffevivaldi.com / 212-691-7538
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprises with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It’s my favorite spot for an evening of listening enjoyment and discovery.

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.5 million, had a record 60 million visitors last year and is TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2017.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just on day of performance.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):

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A PremierPub / Midtown West.

Russian Vodka Room / 265 W 52nd St (btw 7th/8th ave)

Sure, you could travel to Minsk or even Brighton Beach, for an authentic Russian experience, but why bother. On those days when you feel you must wash down your dish of kasha with a few glasses of icy, cold vodka, the Russian Vodka Room will definitely satisfy your urge.

From the outside this place looks a bit drab, and with no windows, a bit mysterious. Midtown tourists walk right by on their way to see “Jersey Boys,” just down the block.
(Alas, no more. After 10 years, “Jersey Boys” closed Jan.15)

lThose in the know enter a secret hideaway, a dimly lit front room with soft jazz playing – a perfect spot for an illicit late-night rendezvous, or maybe a meet-up with your Russian spy handler, but that’s later in the evening. Early in the evening the large U-shaped bar fills with the after work happy hour crowd, a group made very happy by the much reduced prices.

Their website says: “Welcome Comrades”. Of course, this welcome focuses on dozens of different vodkas, including their own special infusions, which marinate in giant, clear glass jugs visible around the room. The large vodka martinis ensure that you won’t confuse this place with your mother’s Russian Tea Room.

But man does not live by vodka alone. Eat some food, especially the tapa like appetizers. Be decadent and try the cheese blintzes with chocolate, or try a main dish like beef stroganoff with kasha.

Your best bet is to go on a night when the piano man is playing. This guy, who looks like he has eaten a lot of those cheese blintzes, plays five nights a week from 7 to 12 (no Mondays and Thursdays). When the piano man is playing American pop tunes, and you are at the crowded, dimly lit bar testing the horseradish infused vodka, that’s when the RVR shines.

It’s the kind of place where the noise gets louder and the crowd gets happier as the happy hour goes on. I’m generally a beer guy, but I like to come here with a group of friends. We find a table in the back room near the piano man; we eat, and we drink vodka ‘till it hurts (and it will hurt).
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Website: http://www.russianvodkaroom.com/
Phone #: 212-307-5835
Hours: 4pm-2am; Fri-Sun closes 4am (that could be trouble)
Happy Hour: 4-7pm every day
$4 shots infused vodka (2oz), $5 cosmos; $4 czech draft beer
Music: FR-SU; TU-WE / 7pm-12am
Subway: #1 to 50th St.
Walk 2 blk N. on B’way to 52nd St.; 1 blk W. to RVR
Confusingly, the Russian Samovar is right across the street, on the S. side of 52nd St.
The RVR, your destination, is on the N. side of 52nd St.
Update: music now includes a younger, trimmer piano man. “Tiny” we miss you.
Update#2: Rumor that “Tiny” is back playing only on Friday nights – need to check it out.

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“Pub” is used in it’s broadest sense – bars, bar/restaurants, jazz clubs, wine bars, tapas bars, craft beer bars, dive bars, cocktail lounges, and of course, pubs – just about anyplace you can get a drink without a cover charge (except for certain jazz clubs).
If you have a fave premier pub or good eating place on Manhattan’s WestSide let us all know about it – leave a comment.
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